Playful ferrets! Mountain and sea view apartment (2 bed)
Hi, I'm the privileged owner of 3 ferrets - a small (micro) very sweet-natured, playful ferret named Molly born in May 2017, a big cuddly furball named Beanbag (Beanie) born in April 2018 and a frantic fast mover baby called Twiglet, also born in April 2017. All 3 ferrets get on well, with plenty of playing and war dancing :) They need have a large 3-level cage but this is more of a holding place for them as they need lots of time outside of the cage, and are used to at least 8 hours per day. I allow them to 'free roam' like a cat most of the time, they normally snooze under the sofa. Ferrets play sleep play sleep and are not actually that much hard work.. they need you to interact with them for a few hours total throughout the day, mostly after breakfast and dinner time. The rest of the time they sleep loads, especially in the afternoon till about 5ish. They are used to being left alone as I work during the day so as long as they are getting some interaction in the mornings and evenings they are happy. The main work alongside playtime, is cleaning up any little accidents as they are still being litter trained.
My apartment is central and modern, with good security (not that you need it round here)... shops are 1 minute away and the beach is ten minutes walk max....
.....I should say upfront that Molly has had some painful experiences in the hands of children who don't understand how little her bones are :-) For that reason, this is an 'adult-only' sit, although responsible teenagers should be fine I am sure! Thanks for your understanding. + More info
Our Home & Location
I live in a south facing top floor (lift available) two bedroom apartment in central Antibes, ten minutes walk from the beach and 30 seconds from the main square, shopping, services etc. There is a large supermarket on the ground floor. There are no noise issues.
The apartment is modern, bright and has a nice long balcony overlooking French street life. The balcony has a breakfast/lunch table for 4 as well as a wicker seating/lounge area for 5 with a lower table.
There is air con and two types of heating.
The living room and bedroom 1 open out onto the balcony which has views of town life below and mountains in the distance.
Living room has a piano.
Bedroom 2 and the kitchen have large windows overlooking the sea, mountains and the Superyacht port.
There is a bathroom with bath and shower and a room with a separate toilet.
The kitchen has all mod cons including dishwasher. Please note the fridge is large but the freezer is tiny!
I have one of those robotic vacuum cleaners so you won't need to Hoover EVER!
The appartment is inside a private residence that requires 2 sets of codes to enter the gates and another code to operate the lift. You will have a key fob and not need codes!
The sun rises onto bedroom 2 and hits the balcony around 1030am, all the way through till sunset, when it drops behinds the mountains....
The apartment is not child proofed, so adults only.
Antibes is a stunning old French town with roads as old as the 10th century. It is 20 minutes by Uber or bus from the airport (Nice) and my apartment is walking distance to everything. You can take the train to Cannes (15 minutes) or the long sandy beach life of Juans les pins (5) minutes. Antibes itself has 2 main beaches and then lots of little hidden bays. The Superyacht port is interesting to visitors as it houses some of the largest yachts in the world, or you could instead visit the amazing outdoor French markets, stroll through the cobbled shopping areas, or take a walk up to the light house for stunning views from the cap.
I do have a Mini One parked downstairs and I have ticked that it's available - French insurance covers the car not the driver, so you'd be insured, however I think this is something I'd rather offer to regular sitters once I knew them, rather than on the first time, as the French roads and French drivers can be rather startling to newcomers! + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
I'm ideally looking for sitters with previous experience of ferrets, although someone who is very maternal could also work well as my girls are rather like a toddler who need lots of play, supervision and love!
Ferrets use nipping as a form of play, (mostly feet, not anywhere else and they dont nip whilst being handled) and whilst I've trained Molly to not nip me, they do still use their mouths to communicate to strangers, normally if they want to play! They dont break skin and its infrequent but it's important that you know this in case that's a no go for you.
It's quite easy to train them out of nipping if you're a regular sitter, which is also what I'm looking for as I travel a lot for work. The nipping is how they show they want to play and you have no reason to be nervous of handling or interacting with them, they are not vicious!
The girls free roam the apartment when I'm home. They eat a mixture of raw (mostly chicken - and egg yolks as a treat) and cooked chicken and dry biscuits.
When they are roaming you have to keep certain doors shut as the kitchen and bathroom are not ferret-proofed. It's also important to keep an eye on them - ferrets are very curious, mobile animals and now and again there will be a loud crash! Or they will climb a curtain... You get the picture! They aren't like cats where you can just leave them to it, so again it's important you're prepared to be available and keep your eye on them :)
The good news is that ferrets sleep a lot! They will happily spend 8 hours in the cage overnight and then expend so much energy when let out that after a few hours they will curl up in the corner of the living room on a cushion and sleep for a few hours. This is the pattern of most days, play and sleep, play and sleep... It's not a bad life! You can pop them in the cage during the day and go out to explore.. As long as they are getting 14 hours of freedom per day it doesn't matter how you work it, you can leave them out overnight in the living room and include this in their 14 hours. Important thing is that they dont spend more than 7 hours locked up, it drives them mad, they are not made for cages. They are often out free roaming for days at a time. I generally just lock them up for 20 minutes when they are eating raw meat or if I am cleaning the room or have the balcony door open....
Play is interactive, ferrets are sociable and they have various interactive cat toys, squeaky mice and balls to throw etc. Molly likes nothing better than a new cardboard box to explore, or more likely, your suitcase! She is quite vocal and will make happy chuckling noises if she is having fun with you.
Molly is toilet trained and has litter trays throughout, however ferrets aren't perfect and sometimes she goes in the corner of the room instead, so cleaning little accidents is part of the deal I'm afraid! Luckily they don't smell too bad!
Molly likes to go for walks in parks on her lead, but you'd need a car to get her to the nearest one... Concrete roads and traffic are not nice for her so I don't walk her in town, just parks/countryside. It's not essential, she's quite happy at home too. + More info